Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Chai Tea Syrup

I have started making my own Chai Tea Syrup and I love it! 

Here is the recipe I use...

Chai Tea Syrup

5 cups water 
10 decaf tea bags 
2 cinnamon sticks 
1 cup of raw sugar (you can add use other sweeteners, and add more or less sugar depending on how sweet you like your chai) 
1–3-inch section of fresh ginger, cut into pieces 
10 whole cloves 
10 cardamom pods 
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 
2 whole star anise pods 
1/2 teaspoon of whole black peppercorns 
1 tablespoon of vanilla essence (added at the end) 

Add the water and sugar to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer add the rest of the ingredient accept the vanilla essence. Simmer for 20 minutes. 

Remove from the heat and strain the syrup through a sieve with a piece of cheesecloth in the bottom to catch all the dregs. 

Add the vanilla extract now. Stir to combine. 

Allow the mixture to cool before pouring it into an airtight jar or container. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

I add 1/4 cup of syrup and 1/4 cup of milk, heat in the microwave for a minute, and then I top my cup with boiling water. You can play around with the ratios to suit your taste. 

I'd love to hear how you go at making your own CHAI!

Denita x  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Natural Cleaning Products Workshop was AWESOME!

Yesterday I taught my first natural cleaning products workshop and it went extremely well. Better than I could have imagined all thanks to the 4 beautiful woman for helping make the morning perfect.

We started the morning off understanding the basic chemistry of cleaning, safety, and learning what to stay away from when buying products for your home. Moving on to learn about ten essential oils to have in the home. After a lovely morning tea we ventured into the next part of the workshop: learning about each product we use in natural products. Finally moving onto the best part: making the cleaning products. They all went home with a booklet full of information and very excited to connect with each other in the Waireka Products Forum facebook group in aid to support them in their new natural cleaning adventures. If this sounds like something you would like to learn, get hold of me as I'm going to do this workshop regularly. The next date is penciled in for Saturday 12th December. Phone 06 3425898 or email me at contact@wairekaroad.co.nz

Here are some of the comments I've received after the workshop...

Parfait mon cherie!  I love how confidently you know your stuff. You are a beautiful resource indeed. Cheers for yesterday xoxo. - Paula Ann

Thanks Dee, awesome workshop! I have used all but one product already! I called in on my friend and she asked if she could get some lavender oil for cat pee on the carpet. I suggested we try the carpet freshener. I'll have to ask her if it worked as I had to leave. She did say the house smelt wonderful. She still would like some lavender oil. - Vanessa

Thanks Denita I've already cleaned my bathroom and toilet and love the products. Such a great workshop. I love how you had everything organised so well for us. - Jo

I can't believe how easy it is to make your own cleaning products, I'm off to get rid of my window cleaner. Great workshop! I'm so excited for you and your journey with this. - Kelly

A few photos I managed to get of the workshop...

 Kelly and Jo
Vanessa and Paula Ann
 Morning tea time with fresh scones, asparagus rolls and chocolate goodies.
 My studio after the workshop.

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Dee x

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Great things are happening.

We had a wonderful time at Ashley Park on the weekend. I got to meet lots of friendly people and had fun selling our products. Here are a few photos I managed to snap on the day...

This week I have been busy working away on our new Natural Cleaning Products Workshop and have a jam packed full booklet for everyone to go home with. If you want to eliminate toxins from your home while saving money, book your place today. 

Here is the flyer for the workshop on the Saturday 4th November...

I have also updated all the new products on our website and Shaughan and I are building a new website so it is mobile accessible. If you haven't seen our website here is a screen snap of what it looks like now. Be sure to go check it out www.wairekaroad.co.nz

I am also working on setting up a healing room so we can give 


it is a Revolutionary Medical Technology

if you are interesting in giving this therapy a try send me an email contact@wairekaroad.co.nz or phone 06 3425898. 

So exciting to have so many things coming alive.
Much love to you all, Dee x

Thursday, October 29, 2015

They say with Spring comes growth.

Not only is the garden looking lush so are all the things we have going on. This weekend I'm heading out to the Ashley Park Country Fair. This is my first go at selling our natural products outside under a gazebo, so as you can imagine I'm really excited! I have been working hard for the past few weeks to bring lots of new products to introduce to happy fair goers. If you are in town and want a nice day come on out...

Ashley Park Country Fair, SUNDAY 1st November 2015.

Supporting Taranaki Rescue Helicopter.
Time: Gates open 10am - 3pm
Entry Fee: $5 Adults, Children (under 15) Free
Ashley Park is located in South Taranaki, approximately 20 minutes from Wanganui and 45 minutes from Hawera. www.ashleypark.co.nz

The other thing that is happening in November is another thing I'm really passionate about...I'm holding a Natural Cleaning Products Workshop.

Would you like to save money & get rid of toxic chemicals from your home by leaning how to make your own natural cleaning products? You will learn how to make an effective spray cleaner, carpet freshener powder, window cleaner, dish-washing, and laundry powder. And you will receive a recipe booklet to take home along with all these products.

Venue: Waireka Road Lavender Farm
33 Waireka Road, Wanganui
Time: 9:30am-12pm
Date: Saturday 14th November
Cost: $40 all products included
Phone: 06 342 5898 or 0274 690 411
email: contact@wairekaroad.co.nz
Website: www.wairekaroad.co.nz

If it's something you would like to attend book your place today. I'm happy to talk to groups and organisations about natural cleaning.

I'm also starting to think about our harvest this year and am thinking a day out with live music alongside the lavender harvest is a good idea. So if you are in a band and would like to come and play on our stage in the lavender field get hold of me.

Until my next blog
Dee x

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I couldn't believe my eyes this morning we have 2 LAMBS

While opening the curtains this morning I looked out and saw small white lumps in the paddock. 
I had to get the gumboots on and check it out. 

I don't think these sheep like me LOL

It's rainbow heaven here at the moment, who doesn't love a rainbow? 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Lavender Harvest

I'm just a little bit behind it has been 2 months since the lavender harvest, feeling naughty it has taken me so long to post about it here in the blog. The lavender harvest was the most fantastic day! We had loads of lovely people come out and help, only a few casualties with men cutting themselves. Here are a few photos...

we had cute little helpers! 

ALL PICKED, looking very bare!

there where 4 fages full

the girls are picking grass out of the flowers

the next day young Tycho went with Ben and Rebecca to distill the flowers 

he got to jump on the flowers  

here they are all ready to go make some oil

go the green machine

and an hour later around 2L of pure essential oil arrived 

the best smelling batch to date. 

Visit wairekaroad.co.nz if you would like to purchase our lovely pure essentail lavender oil (limited supplies) loving hand picked, NO SPRAY WE SAY!

Friday, February 15, 2013

One more day to the lavender harvest

and I'm having excited and sad feelings at the same time! I'm excited that the lavender is going to be made into beautiful oil for everyone to benefit from but I will miss walking through field the wonderful smell of lavender and the visual delight of the richest purple.

Last night I went for a walk with my video camera.

Here are a few photos I found from the harvest in 2010...

Even looks like we will have perfect weather

Early night for me tonight!

All are welcome to join in visit wairekaroad.co.nz for all the details

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 is truly a fantastic year!

Wonderful week in Wanganui this week. There has been buckets of rain so lots of growing, yes weeds included. Today was a perfect Summers day, good day to pop down to bark and boulders to refill my pile of compost and tidy up around the garden without it being to hot. Poor Australian people, what could you do in 47 degree heat?

Here is a little catch up on what's happening in our garden.
Miss Maddy, Paula and I had fun taking photos of us being creepy

Isn't Maddy such a cutie?

The grapes are looking mighty fine.

The beans are growing off the top of the beanpole. 
I see I'm going to need the ladder to pick them.

I'm slowly making a new garden bed.

The toms are going off. I think possums ate my first 2 nearly ripe ones last week. Lesson learned the glasshouse door gets shut at night!

New batch of silver beet, spinach both normal and wild variety is in.

Finally got around to giving the glasshouse a clean, so much nicer now.

The cucumbers are growing so fast.

The stevia is looking fantastic, I'm going to have to re-pot them soon.

Only a few seedlings are on the go at the moment.

The lavender is really growing into wonderful wild bushes now, so excited!

This cute dahlia popped up.

and my favourite roses are in full bloom!

I dug my first lot of potatoes yesterday, it was so much fun and they are yummy! Already broccoli has been planted in it's place, crop rotation! 

I have been reading lots on herbs remedies and have started making calendula and comfrey oil.

I thought I would grow a zucchini for it's seed.
Hope it hasn't cross pollinated and we get lots of zucchini next year.

Crikey it has been getting colder at night. 
My bed is calling me, good night!